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18 August 2013 @ 12:02 am
It's so Saturday, it's Sunday now...  
I finished my LJ Idol entry for the week, which is here. It was another midnight-oil project. Who needs sleep during the work-week, anyway?

I promised to post a picture of my daughter's birthday cake. Even she doesn't know why she picked a giraffe. However, she elected not to have a party this year, and thus none of her friends would see it. No party for her 16th! She's caught between suddenly feeling overwhelmed by groups of people and not wanting to hurt the feelings of the potentially uninvited. Well, regardless, here is the cake:



Based on this and the notion of not doing a party either (both kids are getting older, so no surprise there), her brother has decided that he would like a hedgehog cake. I spent some time looking for "spines" today, and I think a new tri-colored candy-corn (brown, white, gold at the tip) will be just about perfect.

Other news: My biking shoes are wearing out, so I looked around online for some replacements. It looks as if I may have to buy a whole new type of pedal/shoe system, which is not the answer I wanted. I'd still be using toe clips, if anyone made shoes for those anymore! Ugh. Let me dinosaur in peace...

I tried Arrested Development out on the kids last week, and just as expected... my son loves it as much as I do, and my daughter doesn't find it particularly funny. Same results for Monty Python, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, and Futurama. I think you really have to love all three of satire, irony, and absurdity, or the humor just won't fully work for you. The self-contained irony of Lucille Bluth complaining about 'the homosexuals' because Everything they do is so dramatic and flamboyant. It just makes me want to set myself on fire, or the existence of the Bluth stair car, or the Spanish daytime "Desi" awards ceremony... each of those is a different genre of humor, and I like them all. I think Reaper was the last mainly-humor show the rest of us liked that appealed to Lauren. Last night? Christopher and I watched the Futurama episode where Fry wins a trip to the Slurm Factory, and there is a lengthy sendup of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (including acknowledging just exactly how creepy those Oompa-Loompas are). \o/

 
 
 
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on August 18th, 2013 07:15 am (UTC)
with Slurms McKenzie.. the original Party Worm
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
:D I see you remember it well!

I've always liked the name, "Slurm." It sounds so disgustingly like "sludge" and "worm" run together.

But now we know that it is actually something far worse!

I could not persuade my husband to watch any part of that episode, especially since Willy Wonka is after his time and he would not understand the parody at all. But I kind of wish he had, becausea slug planet would be just about his worst nightmare. o_O
Maz (or foxxy!): A bunny in the hand...is cute!tuesdaeschild on August 18th, 2013 09:39 am (UTC)
Love the cake! Sixteen...on the threshold of young womanhood, bless her. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
And how has it all happened so fast? *sigh*
Sallyi_smell_apples on August 18th, 2013 10:33 am (UTC)
Eeee that cake is just adorable!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was tasty too-- already gone!
Jas Massonjasmasson on August 18th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
Cake looks wonderful! Excellent job. <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! She enjoyed it, though she selected the far left corner piece as her first and left the other corner to me... so she wouldn't feel guilty about eating the hooves. :O
Clair de Lune: divers - birthdayclair_de_lune on August 18th, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
The giraffe is adorable *g* Happy birthday to the birthday girl!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
He's actually a copy of an animated giraffe I found via Google. I personally liked this one, and offered to do it sans mustache, but nooooooo...
amodalie: penguin danceamodalie on August 18th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
Awwww, that cake! ♥ ♥ ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
Plus, the cake itself was chocolate!
angels3angels3 on August 18th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
I think the cake is adorable. I've almost always made the kids cakes, unless they've asked for store ones, but I can't do pictures on them like that.

Sixteen is suck an awkward and difficult age. They're in that limbo between adult and child. Thinking about things that they wouldn't have before, or having different attitudes about them.

Make sure you take a picture of that one, because I think hedgehogs are cute, especially the baby ones.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 06:02 am (UTC)
I've made all of my kids' cakes (and the store ones never taste very good), though I dread the day when they'll want something basic and boring. Maybe I'll get lucky!

I'll take pictures of the hedgehog cake, too. The spines will make that one tricky, but at least I've found a good material. At worst, I was prepared to use shortened pretzel sticks.

My requirement, apart from looking decent, is that the cake still taste good. So, things like, "I used crushed graham crackers as sand" always strikes me as... "But did anyone want to eat your crushed graham crackers? Or your licorice bits?"
angels3angels3 on August 19th, 2013 06:26 am (UTC)
Eww licorice bits. Ours rarely change, the baby wants chocolate/chocolate, the middle one wants strawberry, the oldest wants chocolate éclair and the husband wants pineapple. Thing is that all of them except my middle child is born in August, just like me so we have one great big family party, which we just did on Saturday. Now I have three partially eaten cakes to get through so much for the diet.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Our family all likes chocolate cake with chocolate frosting (REAL chocolate frosting, not the stuff in cans), but the kids almost always opt for chocolate cake with vanilla frosting so that I can decorate it.

Both kids' birthdays are in August (1 week apart), so I hear you on the diet issue. :( :(
(Anonymous) on August 19th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Got you beat :) the oldest turned 25 on the 17th and the youngest turned 13 today the 19th.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Ack! Two days apart is worse than a week apart!

Though I remember having the ObGyn exam the day before the oldest's birthday, and telling the doctor "Don't touch anything!" The last thing i wanted was having the new baby fall on or before the oldest's birthday. :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 18th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
it's a very cute cake! the giraffe definitely looks like a giraffe. and i somehow fail to be surprised that your son wants a hedge on his cake.

i remember that episode of futurama! so much parody packed into thirty minutes. (y'know, both movie versions of charlie and the chocolate factory - the gene wilder version and the johnny depp version - are creepy in retrospect. altho at least gene's willy wonka had that fabulous purple jacket.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 06:05 am (UTC)
nd i somehow fail to be surprised that your son wants a hedge on his cake.

I was just surprised he even thought to mention it, but I guess the fact that he's thinking of a single guest for his celebration, and it's a kid who knows that Christopher still has stuffed animals all over his room/etc., let him loosen up a little. I was thinking of doing Bender from Futurama, but Christopher said that would be great for next year. So, hedgies it is!

so much parody packed into thirty minutes.
Oh, lord, yes. From the "Golden Bottlecap" to the falling into the Slurm river, there was SO much going on. And I always found the movie creepy as well. Wow. Even my love of chocolate could never override the weird factor of that movie. :O
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 06:06 am (UTC)
Hahaha! I'm glad it has 2-year-old approval!

When the kids were little and we had their parties, it was all I could do to keep the guests from reaching out and grabbing parts of the cake before it was served.

I see that James clearly knew that it WAS a cake, too. Yum is right!
alien_writings: Happinessalien_writings on August 18th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Aww, that cake is adorable! ^_^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 06:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think the melanoma-like splotches are much less obvious from a distance, thank goodness. :D
SeaGaljocosa on August 18th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Wow, I love that cake! The giraffe is adorable! Please post Hedgehog photos too when the time comes. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 06:08 am (UTC)
I'll definitely post hedgehog photos, which should be in a little over a week (my kids' birthdays are really close together). If you click the "cakes" tag for my journal, you'll see that this is fairly a fairly simple cake compared to some of the previous. Yet, it always takes about the same amount of time, which is to say, a lot!
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on August 19th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Awww, I think that cake came out really cute!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 06:08 am (UTC)
Less scary than previously indicated, at least from farther away!
chemm80chemm80 on August 19th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
Giraffes are absolutely the best animal. That's why. *nods*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2013 06:10 am (UTC)
They are pretty cute! Though I think hedgehogs are cuter, so let's hope I can do that one justice in about a week. :O